“Sometimes it catches when the fumes rise up”

“Sometimes it catches when the fumes rise up” I love the capacity poetry has to capture a feeling or experience. To pierce through uncertainty, confusion, joy or difficulty. To provide absolute clarity even if just for a moment. “among the throbbing lights of cars,” I have discovered a new poetry anthology; ‘The Poetry Pharmacy’, and…

My reading this week – a mini break special

I am going to start posting about my recent reading…and I am starting with my reading during my mini break to Ireland (see last post) and the long bank holiday. First up – ‘Abortion Wars’ by Judith Orr published in 2017 by Policy Press. This is a fantastic book and for anyone wanting to be…

‘Yes / Tá’

When I decided I needed a break and to fly solo for the first time, I plumped for Dublin and then decided to extend it with visits to Drogheda and Belfast too. It took me a couple of days to realise that I had booked the trip for the days of the referendum in Ireland…

“as time goes by”

I want to do some writing about music so I writing about some of my favourite lyrics…I have a playlist with some of them in called ‘1973’. They don’t always come from artists or even songs I like! However, let’s go… ‘By The Way’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers: The opening lyric to this track I…

An ornament

I am not really one for ornaments. As discussed in a recent blog post I have moved around a lot recently and my possessions have reduced in number (aside from lunch boxes, clothes, books and Nivea face products). But there is one non utilitarian item that persists… A hinge. I have had it for a…

In defence of house shares

House shares get a bad press. It is easy to find blog posts and articles on line with details of house share horror stories featuring awful, disgusting and bizarre behaviour. I am shortly going to be moving into my sixth shared home in a bit over five years (eighth if you include the one month…

A reading of 2018

Happy 2018! A slow building realisation has crept up on me in the last couple of months and become completely clear in the new year – I am a reader again! A few years ago I went through a big break up (the kind that involved a sudden move and my possessions being spread across…

“when I first came here”

I moved to Leeds from London on my own one year ago this month. In the context of all the changes people make it is small perhaps. However I am naturally cautious and for me it was big. I didn’t really know anyone and everything was new. So here are my tips for moving to…

Buses for the masses!

I have just waited 40 minutes for a bus. Why? I don’t know. That certainly wasn’t the advertised timetable. Three or more buses should have served the bus stop in that time. In the end I got a taxi. It is a short ride in a car. It was getting dark. I hadn’t eaten. I…

The pleasures of the M1

I have taken the coach back and forth between Leeds and London a handful of times, and although the train of course has speed on its side, this coach journey has some things in its favour. I have often spotted birds of prey from the window and the expansive landscapes that frame so much of…